Robert Plumb returned to Vietnam in March 2018 after an absence of 50 years (returning on the exact month and day that he left the country in 1968). The Navy veteran and his wife explored the country from Hanoi to Saigon during the course of two weeks. Their stops covered the breadth and scope of Vietnam's geography from north to south: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Danang, Hoi An, Hue, Can Tho and Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City.) They came away with the impression of an ascending Vietnam, united after decades of conflict, encouraging foreign investment and eager to attract American tourists. The obvious focus in today's Vietnam is not its war-torn past but on the future that is driven by technology and economic growth.